Texas temporarily pauses additional reopening phases
AUSTIN, Texas (KXII) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday the state will pause any further reopening phases in order to respond to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The announcement states businesses that were permitted to open under previous phases will be allowed to continue operating at their designated occupancy levels.
On Wednesday, Texas hit record highs with more than 5,550 new cases with nearly 4,400 current hospitalizations. The state reported more than 11,000 new cases in the past two days alone.
“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” said Abbott. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business.”
Abbott asks all Texans to wear masks, wash hands regularly and social distance.
“The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business,” said Abbott.
Also on Thursday, Abbott issued an executive order suspending elective surgeries in four Texas counties, including Dallas county.
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